At least five people were killed in an attack at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport that began late Sunday night, the Associated Press reports, citing a Pakistani official.
Gunmen reportedly engaged in firefight with security forces in a terminal used for cargo and V.I.P flights.
“The old terminal of Karachi airport was attacked by militants,” a senior police official told Reuters.
The fighting continued into Monday morning. Airport Security Force spokesman Shaukat Jamal said the military has been called in, while police were fighting off the attackers.
The airport was closed off and flights were diverted.
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Witnesses reported smoke coming out of an airport terminal and local television stations aired footage of what looked like a large fire at the airport.